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Published: June 15th 2013
Yanchep National Park. Unique to southern WA.
Perth Part Two
Another week or two has flown by with many activities/appointments etc as well as lots of fun with the family in Perth. It seems that between various health checks and tests, a small motorhome repair that still persists and a computer repair for Marg that didn't go right, we seem to have struggled up frustration hill! Hopefully the coming week will flatten that hill once and for all and we will soon be able to head north.
Yesterday was one of the few days where we were free to go look-about and spent time at Yanchep National Park. This is a large area with a shallow lake at the entry, limestone caves, and quite a number of bush walks ranging up to 55 ks. As this is a national park, we used our annual pass for access. We have nearly recovered our annual fee already, and will visit many more national parks before leaving WA.
The area is home to a large variety of birds, koalas, snakes and a number of kangaroos and wallabies. Of specific interest is the small population of Carnaby Cockatoo, a black cocky that is on the endangered species list. This
Black Shouldered Kite
Yanchep in front of our MH.
bird is a little different to the other black cockies with a scaly looking breast and white jowls. We spotted a couple as we drove in, and one stayed long enough for a photo or two. Oddly, when we were looking at our son's house under construction, (not far from the back of the park) Marg photographed a family of these birds feeding in a banksia tree.
Yanchep park is a great place to visit, and next time we go, we will take a walk or two and visit one of the limestone caves. There is accommodation in the park for visitors, meals for the hungry, loos for the busting, and photo opportunities for all.
We also decided to do a quick trip into the city to see the city lights. Our cameras have a special hand held mode for night photography, so we gave it a go. Some OK results. It was too cold and windy to mess around with tripods, but we will return on a warmer evening with tripod.
Earlier in the week we decided to do a drive about day from Two Rocks (north of Yanchep) and down to Whitfords. There has been
Yanchep National Park
a lot of development just a little north of Whitfords. It is apparent that many Perth residents have either deep pockets or mountainous mortgages! It was interesting to see some of the old beach side holidays co-existing with multi-story mansions.
The coast line north of Perth is popular for every variety of water activity. There are several marinas with expensive boats moored, and access to the waterfront in many places along the coast for swimmers, boaties, wind and kite surfers and fishing. The area has a reputation for visits by great white sharks, so everyone is pretty alert. There are also good places to swim in a number of natural lagoons such as the one at Yanchep.
Last weekend the family all went for a drive out to Mundaring Dam. This is a very pretty area east of Perth with walks through the bush and around other lakes in the area. We drove past several orchards growing persimmons which in their autumn colours and some remaining fruit, glowed in the late afternoon sun. Traffic prevented us from stopping - shame really.
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